Donald F. Hornig, former president of Brown University, died Monday, the university said Tuesday. Hornig, a chemist, was the 14th president of Brown University, from 1970 to 1976. In addition to a long academic career, he has had several federal assignments, including science adviser to the late President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Brown will host Bernice King, daughter of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Jan. 30. She will give the annual MLK Jr. lecture. Her speech is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Salomon Center for Teaching, De Ciccio Family Auditorium. It is also free and open to the public.
Placing the final beam atop the Building for Environmental Research and Teaching, Brown University officially celebrated the topping-off of a $35-million dollar renovation project today and announced a new agreement that university representatives say will provide more opportunities for graduates of the Building Futures program
An obituary for Donald Hornig, Brown's 14th president and a chemist who worked on the development of the atomic bomb. The Providence Journal also ran a longer piece on Hornig and his work during the Manhattan Project.
Marie Myung-Ok Lee, visiting lecturer in the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, pens an op-ed on the crackdown on marijuana dispensaries and the need for the drug for medicinal purposes.
Ted Nesi writes about a recent The New Republic article that makes the case that a 2001 book by Michael Vorenberg, associate professor of history, was the primary source for the movie "Lincoln," not Doris Kearns Goodwin’s bestselling “Team of Rivals,” as screenwriter Tony Kushner claims.
Amal Trivedi, assistant professor of health services policy and practice, comments on research that finds that infant mortality rates are much higher among minorities than caucasians. “I find that deeply concerning. You know, the rates have improved for both groups, but they’re still sharply unequal, deeply unequal, and we can do better as a society,” Trivedi says.
New research by Michael Tesler, assistant professor of political science, finds that since the election of Obama in 2008, "old-fashioned racism" has a greater influence on who we vote for.
Ashutosh Varshney, professor of political science, comments on the treatment of female rape victims by Indian police, who often use their powers to deliver abused women into the hands of their abusers so as to avoid shaming the woman's family. “A woman’s body as the site of cultural purity is the predominant theme in the epics. And dishonoring a woman is equal to dishonoring a family and even a culture,” Varshney said.
Brown scientists have strengthened their understanding of how skin cells sense and react to ultraviolet light and protect themselves with melanin; which has implications for skin care products and leave-on treatments for exposure.
Cate McQuaid review's the RISD Museum's "The Festive City," which documents the eleborate festivals staged in Europe between 1500 and 1800 and includes prints from Brown's John Hay Library.
Marisa Quinn, vice president for public affairs and University relations, is profiled as one of the website's "Power Players." In this Q&A, she answers questions about her role at Brown, the University's direction in 2013 and its community impact.
Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, comments on the "No Labels" movement, a national citizen-led effort to change the way government works, which Congressman Cicilline supports. While she applauds the movement, she also notes that labels are a crucial part of American politics. Government is complex, she said, and labels such as Republican and Democrat are helpful shortcuts.
An article on Rick Benjamin, adjunct assistant professor in environmental studies and public humanities, who was recently appointed State Poet of Rhode Island. Benjamin talks about his life as a poet and his aspirations for his new position.
Channing Gray pens a lengthy article on the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra's return to Brown this week. The eight-day residency includes two concerts and three on-campus events.
Robert Self, associate professor of history, pens an op-ed on former presidents who had the opportunity to deliver a second inaugural address, how their re-election allowed their respective parties to reset the nation’s political center of gravity, and the challenges Obama faces in his second term.
"The Eve of Destruction," the latest book by James Patterson, professor emeritus of history, is reviewed.
Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, weighs in on Gov. Chafee's State of the State address last night, saying she felt the governor gave a “strong speech” outlining “his fiscal priorities for the state with the appropriate emphasis on the economy and its components parts including corporate tax rates, education, and infrastructure.”
Dave Brussat awards a rose to Brown to lead donor Jonathan Nelson, "for the inspired classicism" of the Nelson Fitness Center. He also awards roses to project architect Gary Brewer, and to Ruth Simmons, who "finally agreed to Nelson’s request to ditch the original ridiculous design by the modernist firm SHoP, of New York."
James Morone, professor of political science, comments on the success of Obama's landmark health care law, which he says is a rare legislative achievement on par with the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. "So many things have to come together, and presidential leadership is absolutely essential. I don’t think Obama has yet gotten the full credit for this accomplishment that history will give him," he said.
The argument against budget cuts that Mark Blyth, professor of international economy, makes in his new book "Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea" is cited in this article on the U.K.'s strategy for stimulating economic growth.
The argument against budget cuts that Mark Blyth, professor of international economy, makes in his new book "Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea" is cited in this article on the U.K.'s strategy for stimulating economic growth. Subscription needed to view article.
Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, along with several other state political leaders grades Gov. Chafee's performance so far, giving him a B-, saying that Chafee has made efforts to improve the state but has faced resistance at the State House.
Embracing a recommendation that political leaders tap into the expertise of Rhode Island’s colleges and universities, Governor Chafee on Tuesday announced the formation of a new research collaborative among all of the state’s institutions of higher learning. The state’s largest philanthropy, the Rhode Island Foundation, has pledged $100,000, a donation that will be matched by the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation.
Stage and screen actress and Brown alum Kate Burton will be honored with the 2013 Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts at the 17th annual Pell Awards on June 10, Trinity Repertory Co. announced.
Colleen Kelly, clinical assistant professor of medicine, comments on a new study that finds that that inserting fecal material from a healthy person into the gut of someone with severe diarrheamay cure their problem more effectively than antibiotics. Kelly was not involved in the study but uses fecal transplant in her practice.
An article on the far-reaching effects of ecologist Bob Paine, who trained a thriving dynasty of around 40 students and postdocs in his 50 year career. Quotes Heather Leslie, assistant professor of environmental studies, a former student of Jane Lubchenco, who studied under Paine.
Philip Gruppuso, associate dean of medicine, comments on the use of the steroid dexamethasone as a means of preventing miscarriage in women who became pregnant via IVF. Gruppuso warns that prenatal synthetic glucocorticoid exposure could permanently change the way a person's genetics will operate over his or her lifetime.
Nathaniel Baum-Snow, associate professor of economics, who was one of more than 100 academics who co-signed a letter to Vice President Joe Biden calling for the government to fund gun violence research, comments on the need for more funding in this area.
The New Old Age blog reports on Brown research that found that states that spent more than the average to deliver meals showed greater reductions in the proportion of nursing home residents who didn’t need to be there. Quotes study co-author Vincent Mor, professor of health services policy and practice.